Master Dr. JIN Ye – Granddaughter of Wu Yinghua & Ma Yueliang
I was born in Shanghai, China in 1961. My grandfather Dr Jin was a traditional Chinese medicine doctor in Shanghai, well known for his unique acupuncture treatment. My father is also a medical doctor; he graduated from Shanghai Medical College, and later on studied traditional Chinese medicine himself and became a Chinese and Western medicine expert in Shanghai. My mother, who worked as a member of hospital, is the first daughter of Wu Yinghua & Ma Yueliang.
From my memory, I know that my mother Ma Jiangchun started practising Wu Style Tai Chi from her earlier years of childhood. She learnt lots of Tai Chi form and she was also very proficient of Tai Chi theory. My mother very often talked to me about her childhood and her grandfather Master Wu Jianquan, who in 1928 came to teach Wu Style Tai Chi in Shanghai, founding the Shanghai Jian Quan Tai Chi Association.
He had been living with his daughter Wu Yinghua. Master Wu Jianquan continued to live with his daughter Wu Yinghua and son-in-law Ma Yueling after they got married in 1930. My mother was born in 1931; as she was the first daughter of Wu Yinghua and Ma Yueliang, and first granddaughter of Master Wu Jianquan, she was very much favoured by Wu Jianquan, they lived together for 11 years. My mother remembers often imitating grandfather Wu Jianquan practising Tai Chi at home, or copying his calligraphy or mimicking his poem reading very happily. For a long time, she naturally learned a lot of Tai Chi from Wu Jianquan.
In my childhood, my parents were very busy working in the hospital. They often had to stay in the hospital for the night for medical duties, so during the weekends of school holidays, I had to go to my grandparents Wu Yinghua and Ma Yueliang. Because of the influence of my mother, I had a natural curiosity of the family Wu Style Tai Chi tradition, and spent lots of time watching people practice Tai Chi at my grandparents’ home. Slowly I began to enjoy Tai Chi. In the course of time, my grandparents realised my interest in Tai Chi, and started to teach me. Due to my persistence and earnestness, they gave me regular lessons, from which I made swift progress.
In the early 1980s, grandfather Ma Yueliang recommended that I take the role of Tai Chi coach at Retired Carter Centre in Shanghai, teaching Wu Style Tai Chi and Qi Gong. My many years Tai Chi skills learned from grandmother Wu Yinghua, together with her posture style and rigorous practice, were put to very good use at Retired Carter Centre in Shanghai, which significantly improved the health of those who practised at this centre and won their favour. From the mid-1980s, grandfather Ma Yueliang began teaching his closest TUDI (disciples) Tai Chi & Qi Gong theory at home to pass on 70 years of his personal knowledge and experience. He asked me in particular to attend those special classes. From Ma Yueliang’s several years of teaching, I learned a lot of theory that cannot be learnt through textbooks. I took many notes and spending many years to gradually understand, but this learning is beneficial for my whole life.
Wu Yinghua and Ma Yueliang taught me the most precious is their character: treat people sincerely, generously, lovingly, seriously, practically and reliably. I came to the UK in 1991 and they encouraged me to start teaching Tai Chi to promote Wu Style to benefit the health of local people. I hope to pass on all I was taught by Wu Yinghua and Ma Yueliang to my Tudi and students.